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Officials: Westmont woman's death caused by West Nile Virus

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The death of a woman in her 70s from Westmont was due to West Nile Virus, the DuPage County Health Department said today in a news release.

In addition to the DuPage County case, the Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting 10 human cases of West Nile virus in Illinois so far this year, including a Cook County man in his 60s who died earlier this month, according to the release.  

Additional information on the Westmont woman’s death will not be released due to patient confidentiality restrictions.
 
West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has become infected with the virus by feeding on an infected bird, the health department said. Human illness occurs when an infected mosquito bites a person. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms of illness and never become ill.

According to the news release, symptoms can include fever, headache and body aches. People over the age of 50 and those with chronic diseases such as heart disease or cancer may be more at-risk for meningitis or encephalitis, two life-threatening diseases. But, people of any age can contract West Nile illness.

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